Yak Butter & Black Tea: A Journey into Forbidden China

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Wade Brackenbury wanted an adventure, and he got the journey of a lifetime. Along with a charismatic photographer named Pascal, Wade went seeking the Drung people, a dwindling minority in the vast empire of China, said to live in an obsure valley in Southern Tibet. No Westerner had been to the Drung valley in over a century. Yak Butter & Black Tea is a story of daring and adventure, offering a fascinating glimpse into a hidden corner of contemporary China. And it is the account of a young man, driven by a compulsion he doesn't understand, as he tests himself in this dangerous, exotic land. "A remarkable account of exploration and adventure in forbidden lands. Travel writing of the old school at its best."--Joe Simpson, author of Dark Shadows Falling and Touch of the Void.

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The Drung are an elusive people, forging an existence in the inhospitable Himalayan landscape of Tibet, a region intermittently opened and closed to travelers according to the whim of the Chinese government. For Wade Brackenbury, an American chiropractor and adventurer, meeting the Drung had been a lifelong ambition. In Yak Butter & Black Tea, Brackenbury recounts how he, a freelance photographer and a Chinese interpreter battled everyone from the Chinese Government to local tribes people to Mother Nature to meet the Drung; and how it wasn't until he set off on a dangerous solo expedition of his own that he achieved his goal.

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Wade Brackenbury was born in Idaho and lives in Springville, Utah. He has traveled and climbed widely, worked as a mountain guide, taught wilderness survival courses, and worked as a chiropractor. Recently, he served as expedition doctor on a photographic mission up a tributary of the Congo River in Africa.

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